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Antennaria anaphaloides

Antennaria anaphaloides (Pearly Pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows, woods, shrub communities. Summer.
Lizard Head Meadows, June 26, 2020.

Antennaria anaphaloides fooled Betty and me into thinking it was a bit of an oddity of Anaphalis margaritacea, Pearly Everlasting. But we noted it was growing singly rather than in tight patches; the green of the leaves was just not that special light green of Pearly Everlasting; and the flower head just didn't look right, especially those spots on the phyllaries. When we keyed the plant at home it was with a smile that we noted its specific epithet, "anaphaloides", "similar to anaphalis".

Rydberg and Bessy discovered this species for science in Montana in 1897 and in 1900 Rydberg named and described the new species.

The specimens in these photographs are new county records for Dolores County, Colorado.

Antennaria anaphaloides

Antennaria anaphaloides (Pearly Pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows, woods, shrub communities. Summer.
Lizard Head Meadows, June 26, 2020.

Basal leaves are oblanceolate to elliptic,and cauline leaves are similar, few, alternate, petiolate or not, and reduced in size upward. The species is not mat-forming or stoloniferous, and stems can be solitary or in small tufts.

Antennaria anaphaloides

Antennaria anaphaloides (Pearly Pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows, woods, shrub communities. Summer.
Lizard Head Meadows, June 26, 2020.

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Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Antennaria anaphaloides

Range map for Anaphalis anaphaloides